David Morgan, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, and Sharad Pawar, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, have been nominated to succeed current ICC president Percy Sonn when his term ends.
Sonn, a South African, began his two-year term at the ICC Annual Conference in 2006. The board has the option of extending Sonn's term to a third year. If not, his successor will take office at Annual Conference 2008.
The board will make its recommendation to the ICC Annual Conference in London next June where voting will take place.
The voting process, however, is not restricted only to the 10 full-member boards. There are also the votes of the 32 associate members of the ICC, and the 55 affiliate members. Naturally the votes cast by the full members count for more than those of the others.
The winning candidate needs to secure a two-thirds majority among the full-member countries, and a simple majority overall. The votes are weighted 75% in favour of the member boards, with 25% going to the associate and affiliate members.
The 55 affiliate members only get five votes between them. It sounds rather complicated, but, basically a two-thirds majority of the full members will do the trick.
In order for a candidate to be successfully voted in as ICC president, he must secure support from two-thirds of the 10 full members at Annual Conference.
Pawar will be firm favourite to win the vote given his backing by the powerful Asian bloc in world cricket, with Morgan having received support from Australia and New Zealand.